London: In movies like
"Minority Report" and "Demolition Man", iris recognition opens
access to top secret files. Now a New York-based biometric
security company is set to market an iris scanner that would
connect to a personal computer.
The device will allow users to log into their online banking,
social networks and emails -- all in the blink of an eye.
Hoyos Group unveiled their new security product, dubbed the
EyeLock, at the Finovate financial technology conference, amid
claims that it is the first and only portable iris-scanning device
for consumers, the Daily Mail reports.
The device, which is the size of a standard business card and
weighs about four ounces, connects to the user's computer by a USB
Once the accompanying software package is installed and
configured, all the user then has to do to is wave the scanner in
front of her eye to automatically log in to any password-protected
application or website - whether that's Facebook, Twitter, PayPal
or a bank account.
"Every time you log in, it reads your iris and creates a unique
key, which is a series of numbers, and this key changes every time
you log in, so no one can hack it," Tracy Hoyos, Hoyos Group's
assistant marketing director said.
According to Hoyos, the security offered by iris scans trumps
fingerprints, the already widely available biometric alternative.
Fingerprints have around 18 unique points to build an
identification profile, while human irises have 2,000.
She said that not only will the technology protect your
information better, it also eliminates the need for keeping track
of multiple screen names and passwords. The EyeLock will cost $99
but no release date has yet been announced.